Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
The Compleat Squash, by Amy Goldman (Artisan Press, 2004; $40), is a guide to the entire Cucurbita genus. The beautiful color photographs by Victor Schrager are an invitation to a love affair with the common, and uncommon, squash. The book contains the history of squash, descriptions of the various families, growing and harvesting tips, and best of all, recipes! I wouldn't call this a recipe book but rather a tribute to a noble plant that has served humanity for thousands of years. This beautiful book would make an ideal gift for any gardener.
Clever Gardening Technique
Baked Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is one of my personal favorites. Cut it in half, bake it skin-side-up at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a fork to loosen the fibrous flesh from the rind. Add a little salt, pepper, and just a touch of butter, and you have a one-pot feast!